Relax. Rinse them out with hot water. Let them air dry. Drink your wine and enjoy. You are likely at much greater risk of an adverse health effect from the wine than the glass. And the overall mortality rate is still 100%! I think if more people came to grips with that, we would all be a lot better off. Enjoy your wine!
The modest water, awed by power divine, beheld its God and blushed into wine. - John Dryden
I just recently purchased Riedel ware from a wine accessories shop. When asked about proper cleaning, he swore up and down that the best solution was something he called 'wash crystals'. He went on to say that they could be located in the dish soap section of the grocery store and more specifically, to look for 'Arm & Hammer Wash Crystals'. Apparently, these crystals are not as abrasive as most yet they are most effective in removing stains, odors, etc. I have purchased them and a decanter brush, but am unable as yet to report on their performance. Cheers...
personally I don't think there is much risk posed by drinking from lead crystal stemware. But if you are worried, I have heard that you can fill them with vinegar or very acidic wine and let them sit for a few days... this should leach out whatever lead is on the surface and soluable.
As far as regular cleansing. Hot water, mild and odorless soap if needed, and air dry.
********** When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle! They're on TV! - Homer Simpson
From our experience... those decanter brushes stink. The sponge tips tear off and stick to the inside. We take our (decanter) and stick it upside down in the silverware tray and run it through the dish washer. Sometimes it takes two run throughs for it to dry spotless. Decanters are the biggest pain in the butt.
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